LISALA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO APRIL 6: An unidentified man steers his wooden dugout canoe with his son on April 6, 2006 outside Lisala, Congo, DRC. He lives in small village along the Congo River and comes to a passing boat to sell bananas and vegetables. The Congo River is a lifeline for millions of people, who depend on it for transport and trade. Many boats travel from Kisangani to Kinshasa, a distance of about 1750 kilometers. The trip takes between 3-7 weeks depending on the boast?s schedule. Congo is planning to hold general elections by July 2006, the first democratic elections in forty years..(Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)..